LS West rallies for late win over Fort Osage

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: September 2, 2018 - 8:45 AM



In the first half, the Fort Osage defense was dominating Lee’s Summit West, and everything seemed to go in its favor.

The Titans got it into Fort Osage territory three times in the first 24 minutes but couldn’t manage a score. With the way the Indians defense was playing, they seemed primed for victory after senior place kicker Jake Lammering nailed a 26-yard field goal midway through the third to make it 15-0.

However, the Fort Osage offense sputtered during the entire second half and penalties halted drives that went into West territory and the Titans took advantage with a 22-15 come-from-behind victory Friday at Fort Osage High School.

“Our kids played hard and made plays,” Fort Osage head coach Brock Bult said. “I think we’re going to have to work on our conditioning. We had some kids with cramps. We have some stuff to clean up, but that was a good high school football game.”

Until late in the third quarter, the Indians defense kept West quarterback Ben Kobel in check. But in the second half, the Titans started creating more space for their wide receivers using play action. Kobel connected with 6-foot-2 wide receiver Cade Clemons, who caught a pass on a 10-yard out, dodged a tackle and went 67 yards for a score, making it 15-7.

On Fort Osage’s next drive, it went three-and-out, and a low snap forced punter Blake Robertson to try and run with the football. He was taken down by the West defense at the Indians 8-yard, setting the Titans up with a short field. Kobel capitalized when he hit 6-foot-5 receiver Trevor Kardell for a 1-yard scoring pass on a quick outside route to the left pylon. Kobel found Kardell again in the back right corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion, tying it at 15-15.

The Indians went three-and-out once again on the ensuing possession, but the defense came through once again. On fourth-and-three, a bad snap got by Kobel and running back Max Payne scooped up the ball. Fort Osage linebacker Von Young then delivered a massive hit to Payne, sending the Indians’ bench into a frenzy.

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